Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Vernace
Michael Vernace was born on May 26, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2004 from the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League.

Vernace was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 2006 and subsequently joined their AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats and then the Lake Erie Monsters for their inaugural season.

In 2008-09, he would get his first taste of NHL life, appearing in 12 games for the Avalanche.

As an unrestricted free agent, Vernace signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers on July 30, 2009.

On June 23, 2010, Vernace was traded by the Thrashers, along with Brett Sterling and a 7th round selection in 2010 NHL Entry Draft, to the San Jose Sharks for future considerations.

On July 29, 2010, Vernace inked a one year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, with whom he would spend the majority of his time in the American Hockey League.

On December 2, 2011, Vernace was on the move again. This time sent along with James Wright to the Florida Panthers for Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg.

Vernace barely had time to unpack before he was on the road again. On February 25, 2012, he was traded by the Panthers to the New York Rangers in exchange for Wojtek Wolski.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2003-04 Bramalea Blues ON-Jr.A 33 3 12 15 16
2003-04 Brampton Battalion OHL 2 1 1 2 0 -1 11 2 3 5 8
2004-05 Brampton Battalion OHL 68 12 38 50 42 +9 6 2 2 4 0
2005-06 Brampton Battalion OHL 68 10 62 72 54 -5 11 1 5 6 6
2006-07 Albany River Rats AHL 30 1 11 12 35 +2
2006-07 Arizona Sundogs CHL 24 3 11 14 20 +1
2007-08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 79 3 26 29 59 -27
2008-09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 0 0 0 8 -5
2008-09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 65 3 14 17 52 -4
2009-10 Chicago Wolves AHL 47 2 10 12 29 -3
2009-10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 15 0 1 1 23 +6 18 0 4 4 8
2010-11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 10 0 1 1 2 -2
2010-11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 68 7 21 28 60 0 6 0 2 2 8
2011-12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 22 2 10 12 23 +5
2011-12 San Antonio Rampage AHL 22 0 4 4 7 0
2011-12 Connecticut Whale AHL 21 1 1 2 20 -2 9 0 2 2 0
2012-13 Connecticut Whale AHL 69 8 27 35 51 +12
2013-14 Adler Mannheim Germany 51 1 17 18 34 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 22 0 1 1 10


OHL All-Rookie Team (2005) Traded to Colorado by San Jose for Colorado's 6th round pick (Patrick Zackrisson) in 2007 NHL Draft, June 1, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 30, 2009. Traded to San Jose by Atlanta with Brett Sterling and Atlanta's 7th round pick (Lee Moffie) in 2010 NHL Draft for future considerations, June 23, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 29, 2010. Traded to Florida by Tampa Bay with James Wright for Michael Kostka and Evan Oberg, December 2, 2011. Traded to NY Rangers by Florida with Florida's 3rd round pick (later traded to San Jose, later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Pavel Laplante) in 2013 NHL Draft for Wojtek Wolski, February 25, 2012.
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